Viewing: New York

Hudson Valley Rose, Middletown, NY – A Country Weekend to Remember

Your first view of Hudson Valley Rose Bed & Breakfast in Middletown, NY is that of a tree-lined gravel road that seems to go on and on and on. Surrounded by all the lush foliage, you might be tempted to belt out the 1960s hit TV Show theme song, “Green Acres is the place to be. Farm […] Read More

Cold Spring NY: Charming Village On Scenic Hudson Valley Train Ride

WHY GO: If you squint and avoid looking at the pedestrians, Main Street in Cold Spring, New York looks like a perfectly preserved time capsule wrenched from 19th Century America. The entire center of the village was placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its more than 200 well-preserved structures, most built […] Read More

Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 06-18- 2018 WHY GO: Beacon NY grew up a mill town. Hunched at the foot of mountains and wedged between waterfalls and the navigable Hudson River, factories harnessing raging water eroded beauty from the landscape. Industrial waste turned the Hudson into “a sewer,” according to Beacon’s most famous resident, the late Pete […] Read More

11 Weird, Wacky and Compelling Reasons to Visit These New York and New Jersey Towns Now

New York 1. The center of the movie-making universe wasn’t always in California. Astoria Studio, in the NYC borough of Queens, opened in 1920 as Paramount Picture’s East Coast facility. The Marx Brothers W.C. Fields and Valentino starred in movies that were filmed here before Paramount moved completely to Los Angeles in 1933. In the […] Read More

24 Hours in DUMBO Brooklyn; a Brooklyn NYC Itinerary

WHY GO: Ever heard the phrase, “I have a bridge to sell you?” It comes from the true life story of con man George C. Parker, who made a career of selling the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn’s waterfront history is fascinatingly complex–including the fact that New York City was built on an abundance of oysters–but now […] Read More

James NoMad NY: Four Bodies Wellness

James NoMad, the flagship of the James Hotel brand, opened in the Flatiron District of NYC (29th and Madison) in August 2017. Originally built in 1904 as the Seville Hotel and then, in 1987, rebranded as the Carlton, the space was gut renovated in 2017, keeping its elegant Beaux Arts exterior, and re-imagined inside as […] Read More

Ritz Carlton Westchester NY: Exceptional, Yet Surprisingly Friendly, Service

Only ten years old, the Ritz Carlton Westchester NY has the hushed and polished ambiance of a much older, established hotel. In downtown White Plains, the most business-oriented city in affluent Westchester County, this Ritz offers surprisingly friendly, exceptional service and rooms of understated elegance. Half way (30 minutes) between Greenwich CT and Manhattan, the […] Read More

Port Chester/Rye NY: Epicenter of Rock and Roll and Great Ethnic Food

WHY GO: Port Chester has always been the poorer industrial cousin to neighboring Rye, Harrison, and Greenwich, CT, so why do the Mavens recommend it?  Well, one of them spent her formative years working in her father’s downtown office and has watched Port Chester’s revival and growing culinary scene with appreciative interest. Back in the […] Read More

Times Square NY For Non-Touristy Tourists

WHY GO: Any authentic New Yorker knows that Times Square is “for tourists,” and doesn’t represent “real” New York. With Ruby Tuesday’s, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bubba Gump’s, Hard Rock, the Gap (coming), Old Navy (coming), Walgreens, Sephora (two of them!); Times Square in the center of Manhattan could be a mall in anywheresville. But […] Read More

Chelsea NYC: FIT, Flowers, Floating Gardens, Figures, and the Cool Cambria Hotel

WHY GO: The Chelsea section of Manhattan was hipster Brooklyn before Brooklyn became Brooklyn. Home to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT: which is to clothing design what the Culinary Institute of America is to cooking), the country’s first successful elevated linear urban park, cool shops, a museum dedicated to math!, and even a jungle […] Read More

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